Jaguars vs Colts: Final Report Card, Player Grades for Indianapolis
Final Score: Jacksonville 22, Indianapolis17
After an inconsistent game for both teams, Jacksonville held on to beat its division rivals as Andrew Luck's final heave towards the end zone fell incomplete.
The Colts were in control of the game in the first half, and went into the second half up 14-3.
But in an eerily similar fashion to last week's win, the Colts allowed the Jaguars to fight back into it as the Colts offense failed to generate points in the second half, and the defense allowed too many big plays.
There were some good individual performances, but overall the team's play in the second half was too inconsistent. The Colts failed to finish drives on offense, nor finish the game on defense.
Andrew Luck: B
Luck did a great job of avoiding the rush as the Colts’ first drive started, but when he got time later in the drive, he hit T.Y. Hilton for a 40-yard touchdown. Throughout the game, he did a great job of avoiding the rush, seemingly a trend this season. He continued to make good throws when given time, including several downfield strikes.
Luck did try to force some throws, but overall made good decisions and took care of the ball. His forcing of throws caused some incomplete passes, but it also led to several big plays, especially to T.Y. Hilton down the sideline.
He did have one interception, which was a case of a poorly thrown ball, underthrowing an open Reggie Wayne.
Luck's biggest error in the game was arguably a dimmed pocket presence at the end of the fourth quarter, as he allowed his arm to get hit several times, leading to incomplete passes.
Donald Brown: B+
He’s still not getting any help from his offensive line, but Brown got nice gains when any semblance of a hole was opened up. Brown also helped out with pass protection on the edge several times with good chips.
Brown's 39-yard catch and run led to what should have been the game-winning field goal, and ended the game with 62 yards on 18 carries.
Vick Ballard: B-
Ballard had some tough running in the third quarter to help the Colts run out some clock, but for most of the game failed to find any room in the run blocking, though to no fault of his own.
Mewelde Moore: C-
Moore’s holding penalty in the second quarter offset a pass interference call that would have moved the chains, and then had another holding penalty .
Moore did have a good 3rd-and-short conversion in the two-minute drill at the end of the first half, but the penalties and pressures allowed on Luck were too detrimental to overlook.
Reggie Wayne: B+
Wayne dropped an early ball in the second quarter, his first drop of the season. He almost dropped another one late, but caught the juggling ball for a third-down conversion. He continues to show a fantastic connection with Luck, getting eight catches for 88 yards this week.
The only bad part for Wayne was that he disappeared in the second half, catching just two balls for 18 yards. After Luck leaned on him so often in the first half, it was surely a part of the offensive struggles in the second half, as Luck forced seven targets at Wayne, but got just two completions in the second half.
Donnie Avery: C+
Avery got open multiple times behind the defense, but Luck was unable to find him downfield. Luck was able to find him in midrange targets a couple times. Overall, Avery has to get more separation (like last week), as Luck targeted him nine times, but only completed two passes.
Austin Collie: Incomplete
Collie sold a pass interference penalty early in the game to keep the drive moving, but was invisible outside of that for most of the game. He injured his knee in the second half, leading fans to question if he'll ever be a significant part of the 2012 offense.
T.Y Hilton: A-
Hilton beat his man in the first quarter to get a 40-yard touchdown pass, his first deep catch of the season. He did have a drop in the second quarter though, but he made up for it with two more deep passes when the Colts were moving the ball late in the game
Any time you catch four passes for 113 yards, it was a good day.
Dwayne Allen: B-
Allen caught five passes, but most were underneath, leading to just 35 yards. He did have a very nice long first down in the fourth quarter, but outside of that was limited to short throws. He showed good hands, however.
Allen did have a very costly holding penalty that led to a Colts' punt late in the fourth quarter.
Coby Fleener: D
Fleener was invisible throughout the game, dropping his only catchable target, a third-down pass that needed to be caught.
Both tight ends need to get more involved in the offense, especially Fleener, who looks lost at this point.
Anthony Castonzo: B-
Castonzo allowed several pressures on Andrew Luck off the edge in the first half, but settled down in the second half, especially when given help by a running back or tight end.
Seth Olsen: C-
Olsen allowed multiple pressures up the middle on Andrew Luck, and had a hold in the third quarter that negated a 10-yard run by Donald Brown. Olsen continues to fail to get a push in the run game, and a quick return by LG Joe Reitz will be much appreciated.
Mike McGlynn: C
McGlynn got beat too many times in run blocking to allow backs to get hit behind the line of scrimmage. He also had a false start in the second quarter, although his snaps at center were much improved over last week.
Winston Justice: B-
Justice didn’t allow any sacks, but it was more a function of Andrew Luck’s mobility than Justice’s prowess in pass protection.
Trai Essex: C+
Essex came in in the third quarter as Samson Satele went out with an injury. Essex immediately gave up a quarterback hit on Andrew Luck, causing a failed third down conversion. He did look better this week in run blocking, which is one of few positives from the group.
There wasn't any one linemen that stood out negatively, at least to me, but the unit as a whole is still the weakest part of the team.
Antonio Johnson: D+
Mookie got pushed around too often in the run game, allowing running backs to get into the second level on most running plays. The Colts desperately need a real nose tackle, as Johnson is rarely effective from the position.
Fili Moala: C
Moala had a nice play to stop a reverse in the first quarter, forcing a four-yard loss. He had several other positive plays, but overall needs to stand his ground better against the run and be more disruptive against the pass.
Martin Tevaseu: B
Tevaseu played the run better than Johnson, stuffing the Jaguars on several runs in the game. I would argue that he deserves far more snaps than he is getting at this point.
Overall, the defensive line didn't make enough plays in pass rush or penetration on run plays, and left their linebackers out to dry far too often.
Robert Mathis: A-
Mathis made a great play to get a strip sack on third down to stop an early drive, his fourth sack of the season. Mathis had multiple pressures all game, and late stop of MJD on two-point conversion.
Jerry Hughes: C
Hughes got a tackle for loss early, as well as pressure on Blaine Gabbert. He did get an offside penalty early, but it was declined.
For the Colts to win games, Hughes has to show up in pass rush more often. He forced Gabbert to run early, but was invisible for a lot of the second half.
Jerrell Freeman/Kavell Conner: C+
Freeman started the game out tackling well, but had some issues finding Maurice Jones-Drew in traffic. Late in the game Freeman aided in stopping the Jaguars on consecutive drives, but the run defense was too little too late.
Conner made seven tackles, but wasn’t getting to the line of scrimmage as frequently as he generally does.
Jerraud Powers: B+
Powers impressed in the first half with tight coverage on rookie WR Justin Blackmon, whom Gabbert tried to force the ball to several times in the second quarter.
Powers' good coverage continued throughout the game.
Vontae Davis: B-
Davis had a nice stop in the run game to help force a three-and-out in the first quarter, and had tight coverage for most of the game. However, Davis had a couple of poor pass interference penalties in the second half directly leading to the Jaguars’ third field goal.
Tom Zbikowski: C-
Zbikowski missed several tackles, or took bad angles, on run support, as he continues to struggle against the run, the designated role the Colts need him for.
Sergio Brown: F
He allowed the 80-yard game-winning touchdown. Enough said.
Adam Vinatieri: C
Vinatieri hit the go-ahead field goal, but the Colts would have been in a very different position if he had hit the 36-yarder on the play before.
Pat McAfee: B+
McAfee didn't have as impressive of a game as he did the last two weeks, but it still was a solid effort with six punts for a 46.7 average, and several inside the Jaguars 20-yard line.
T.Y. Hilton: B
Hilton had an impressive 32-yard punt return in the first quarter, although it was called back due to a block in the back penalty. Hilton also had an 11-yard punt return to set up what should have been the game winning drive.
Cassius Vaughn: B+
Vaughn had a 40-yard kick return to give the Colts a chance with 30 seconds left, as well as several other decent returns in the second half.
Dominique Jones: D
Jones’ facemask penalty in the third quarter gave the Jaguars their best starting field position of the game, leading to a score.
I'm going to group the coaches together for this meltdown: D+
The Colts' coaching wasn't quite as horribly conservative as last week in the second half, but all of the units combined to once again allow an inferior opponent climb back into the game in the second half. The Colts need to learn to finish games that they have in control especially since that scenario likely won't happen often this season. Maybe it's second half adjustments, maybe it's something else, but it has to improve.
The players also still are undisciplined, and bad penalties were crucial throughout the game. Just in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, two holding penalties and a delay of game penalty severely hurt the Colts, and were a big reason why they ended up with the loss.
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